EAST LONGMEADOW Police detective Mike Carney of Springfield and Jeff Brown, owner of JB's Ice Cream, 622 North Main St., will once again host their annual Scoops for Melanoma on June 9 and 10.
From noon to 10 p.m. on June 9 and 10, JB's will donate proceeds from the sale of ice cream to Sailing for Success, a Springfield-based support group, and the D'Amour Center for Cancer. Carney and Brown, both survivors of skin cancer have made it their mission with this fund-raiser to educate the public about the dangers of the sun and tanning.
"I'm a very lucky man. I had several dozen Basal Cell Carcinomas [a type of skin cancer] removed [from my leg]; a procedure that was very painful. It was a very dark time in my life, but last year I ran a half marathon. Now, that's a miracle! I knew there were dangers from sun exposure and tanning, but I had no idea that it could actually do this to you," Carney recalled of his diagnosis and treatment in 2009.
Two years ago, Brown was also diagnosed with the disease when a mole on his back proved to be cancerous.
"I heard of people being diagnosed, but I never thought it would happen to me," he said, attributing the cause to his many hours spent outside on the golf course.
Brown's cancer was removed at Baystate's Day Surgery Center and no chemotherapy was necessary. A follow-up at the D'Amour Center indicates no recurrence.
Those who attend the Scoops for Melanoma fund-raiser will also have the opportunity to hear stories from other survivors as well as obtain information on skin cancer. There will also be clowns for the kids, raffle prizes and much more.
Attendees may also learn about Sailing for Success, which was founded after Joanne Hennessey lost her brother, Rodney, to malignant melanoma. This group focuses on Melanoma awareness, support and research. For more information about the support group, visit http://sailingforsuccess.com.
Additional details about Scoops for Melanoma may be obtained by calling JB's at 737-6870.
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